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Factbox - Ebola cases in the United States

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 21:28
(Reuters) - There have been nine cases of Ebola seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. The latest case is a doctor in New York City diagnosed on Oct. 23. Two hospital employees who cared for the man have been infected with the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people and infected more than 9,100 in the worst outbreak on record, centered in three impoverished West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Judge dismisses cases in IRS political controversy

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 21:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed two lawsuits stemming from the government's alleged mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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Navajo high court orders election postponed

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 21:22

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials Thursday to postpone the Navajo Nation's presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.


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EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 21:17

By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane. In the end, an overall target was agreed for the 28-nation bloc to cut its emissions of carbon in 2030 by at least 40 percent from levels in the benchmark year of 1990. EU leaders called the 40-percent target an ambitious signal to the likes of the United States and China to follow suit at a U.N. climate summit France is hosting in December next year.


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Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.
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Rand Paul tries to peel away isolationist label

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:51

NEW YORK (AP) — Charging that "America cannot disengage from the world," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday confronted critics who brand him an isolationist as he endorsed an American foreign policy that embraces war with limits.


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'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:47

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.


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Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.
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AMC Networks buys 49.9 percent stake in BBC America

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:16
(Reuters) - AMC Networks Inc said on Thursday it agreed to pay $200 million (124.78 million pounds) for a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America and would take operational control of the cable television channel. BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in BBC America, which is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million U.S.
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Rajaratnam's brother reaches insider trading deal with U.S. SEC

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:14

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rengan Rajaratnam, who was cleared of criminal insider trading charges following the conviction of his older brother, Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, has agreed to pay more than $841,000 to resolve civil claims by the U.S. The settlement was filed on Thursday by the SEC in New York federal court, three months after a federal jury in Manhattan acquitted Rengan Rajaratnam of conspiring to engage in insider trading, a rare defeat for U.S. Under the agreement with the SEC, Rajaratnam will pay the $841,243 in four equal payments and will neither admit nor deny wrongdoing.


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Merkel says EU will discuss bridging finance for Ukraine next week

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:13

The European Union and Ukraine will discuss a bridging loan to Kiev next week so that the country can pay in advance for Russian gas deliveries for the coming months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. "There is a necessity for a certain amount of bridging finance," Merkel told reporters after the first day of a European Union summit. The latest round of talks between Moscow and Kiev, brokered by the European Commission, to try to resolve a row over Ukraine's unpaid gas bill took place on Tuesday. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the two sides had almost reached a deal but had stumbled over the issue of how Ukraine will pay in advance for gas supplies in November and December.


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Sir Cliff Raid Caused 'Irreparable Damage'

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 20:01

A highly-publicised raid on the home of singer Sir Cliff Richard was "inept" and caused "irreparable damage" to his reputation, according to an influential group of MPs.


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Lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States.


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Canada's spies face tough questions after militant attacks

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:40
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On Monday one of Canada's top spy officials assured Canadian lawmakers that were no signs of an imminent terrorist attack on the country. They need to prioritise surveillance and focus on the suspects considered most dangerous, U.S.
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EU Commission asked France for 2015 budget clarification - Hollande

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:33

The European Commission has asked France for more information on its 2015 budget draft, President Francois Hollande said on Friday, after Paris had sent the EU executive arm a fiscal plan that falls well short of its earlier commitments. France had promised in 2013 to cut its structural deficit -- a measure that is independent of the rate of economic growth -- by 0.8 percent in 2014 and the same in 2015, while the 2015 budget envisages a cut of only 0.2 percent. This is a breach of EU rules that is likely to make the Commission reject the French draft and ask Paris for amendments. Hollande told reporters after the first day of an EU summit that France would not make bigger savings next year than the 21 billion euros already envisaged.


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Family of abused boy gets GOP to change attack ad

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:29
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Republican Party scrambled Thursday to revise a television ad that accuses Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton of incompetence after the grandmother of a 4-year-old boy whose death was highlighted in the spot complained it was inappropriate.
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Japan finance minister Aso - Important to stick with sales tax hike plan

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:22

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday the government should stick with its plan to raise the sales tax to 10 percent next year to maintain trust in the government debt market. Aso told reporters that when the government compiles the next fiscal year's budget in December, it will take appropriate measures to make sure it can carry out the sales tax hike next year. In April the government raised the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent to pay for welfare and healthcare spending. Some ruling party lawmakers argue that the government should delay next year's tax hike because the economy is not strong enough.


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US officials: Iraqi army regrouping slowly

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:18

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.


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From 'Bates Motel' to 'Ouija,' Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 19:04

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sitting in a palm-tree lined cemetery in Hollywood promoting her latest film, "Bates Motel" actress Olivia Cooke says the impact of working in the horror genre has left her emotions on edge. I'll cry at toilet paper." Cooke, 20, may be best known for her role as Emma, a teen cystic fibrosis sufferer in A&E television's hit horror drama "Bates Motel," but she's capping off 2014 with her third horror movie, "Ouija," in theatres on Friday, just ahead of Halloween festivities on Oct. 31. Cooke plays teenager Laine, who decides to seek answers from the spirit world with the help of an Ouija board after her best friend dies mysteriously, but Laine summons up something far more sinister in the process. The film follows Cooke's roles in "The Quiet Ones," where she played a disturbed young woman haunted by a demon, and sci-fi horror "The Signal," where a group of friends are abducted on a road trip.


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GOP outraises Democrats in early October

Yahoo - DRC - 23 October, 2014 - 18:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave the Republican National Committee $8.1 million during the first two weeks of October, and the party borrowed another $5 million to help its campaign allies working on House and Senate races, according to finance reports filed Thursday.
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